Diphu (AsiaNews) –
For the past four days, militants from the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) have launched a virtual manhunt against migrants from the state of
Yesterday three other migrants were killed bringing the total death toll to 62. Those who can are fleeing the state.
“One fails to understand what the banned militant group aims to achieve by killing common people. In the past, ULFA also launched such barbaric attacks on common people and lately, it started looking for soft targets like blasts in public places to make their presence felt.”
However, for the clergyman, the recent spate of attacks must have a more specific goal. They are shooting at Hindi-speaking people, calling them “foreigners” and shouting they should be driven out of
In his opinion, no one can ignore the government’s utter failure to deal with the crisis, unable to protect the victims’ life and property and must bear some part of the responsibility for these murders.
Whilst no one should expect the authorities to protect everyone, what is scary is that they are doing nothing against those who call Indian citizens “foreigners” in their own country.
The roots of the crisis go back in time. Joined by the British to their Indian possessions, much of the population rejected annexation and remained proud of its historic, cultural and social roots. In
For Father Mangattuthazhe, “ULFA has exploited this factor and used violence against those it considers outsiders. Killing civilians is part of the strategy of creating a new order and convincing
It is important to understand that “attempts to develop the local economy have failed. Education levels may be high but so is unemployment. Tea production, the mainstay of the local economy, has suffered from greater competition from the rest of
The central government has treated the insurgency as simply a law and order issue, blaming foreign powers like
Father Mangattuthazhe’s conclusion is a bitter one. “I think,” he said, “that there are social and political forces who have an interest in seeing